THAT'S THE WAY ITS GONNA BE
VIOLETS OF DAWN
After leaving the Mitchell Trio, Chad Mitchell was replaced by John Denver, leaving original members Mike Kobluk and Joe Frazier. The Trio made three more albums before disbanding. As Joe and Mike left the group, they were replaced, forming the short-lived Denver, Boise, and Johnson. This group released a single, but never a full album. (To find out more about this period of John's career, see his autobiography
TAKE ME HOME.)
Most of the songs have a 60's folk music sound similar to Simon & Garfunkel's first album WEDNESDAY MORNING 3A.M. John does lead vocals on about a third of the songs, and almost all of these are collected on
The album ALIVE! was recorded live at the American University, Washington D.C. and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA.
Here are close-ups of the cover photos for VIOLETS OF DAWN and ALIVE!